Today is International Women’s Day. It, alongside the whole of Women’s History Month is a time for celebration and reflection, to honour the women whose endeavours have brought us closer to gender parity, and to consider how we can take the movement for women’s liberation forward.

This year’s IWD theme is Be Bold for Change. These titles remind us of women who were bold for change and of the women that need us, in turn to be bold. They bring fresh insights into women’s contributions to science and society, positioning them as invaluable radical thinkers and fearless pioneers. They also consider violence against women and the portrayal of Pakistani women in the media.

Mathilde Blind
Late-Victorian Culture and the Women of Letters
James Diedrick
Feb 2017 336pp, 18 black & white illustrations
9780813939315 Hardback
Victorian Literature and Culture Series
Offers a groundbreaking critical biography of the German-born British poet Mathilde Blind (1841-1896) - a freethinking radical feminist. As the first full-length biography of this trailblazing woman of letters, Mathilde Blind underscores the importance of her poetry and her critical writings.
University of Virginia Press

Questioning Nature
British Women's Scientific Writing and Literary Originality, 1750-1830
Melissa Bailes
Jun 2017 256pp, 10 black & white illustrations
9780813939766 Hardback
In the mid-eighteenth century, many British authors and literary critics anxiously claimed that poetry was in crisis. Questioning Nature explores how major women writers - including Mary Shelley, Anna Barbauld, and Charlotte Smith - responded by turning to the era's rising fascination with new discoveries in developing disciplines of natural history such as botany, zoology, and geology.
University of Virginia Press

Women and Genocide
Gendered Experiences of Violence, Survival, and Resistance
Edited by JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz & Donna Gosbee
Apr 2016 320pp
9780889615823 Paperback 
Illuminating the unique experiences of women both during and after genocide, JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz and Donna Gosbee's edited collection is a vital addition to genocide scholarship. The contributors revisit genocides of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from Armenia in 1915 to Gujarat in 2002, examining the roles of women as victims, witnesses, survivors, and rescuers.
Canadian Scholars' Press

Critical Reflections on Feminist Research and Politics
Viviane Namaste
2015 170pp
9780889615731 Paperback
What ideas are overlooked in contemporary feminist politics? How do particular issues become part of the feminist agenda? Why do we need to think about how feminists actualise their political objectives? This book explores these questions through the notion of oversight - a concept used both to consider what has been overlooked and to examine how particular objects of feminist politics become visible.
Canadian Scholars' Press

The Quotable Amelia Earhart
Edited by Michele Wehrwein Albion
2015 272pp, 18 halftones
9780826345622 Hardback
A fearless pioneer and a record-breaking pilot, Amelia Earhart engaged the world when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. The Quotable Amelia Earhart brings together statements from a variety of sources and covers a wide range of topics, including Earhart's flights and her opinions on politics, work, religion, and gender equality.
University of New Mexico Press

Will the Real Pakistani Woman Please Stand Up?
Empire, Visual Culture and the Brown Female Body
Moon Charania
2015 160pp, 7 photographs
9780786499991 Paperback 
In a series of absorbing case studies, this book focuses on the portrayal of Pakistani women in the global media. Analysing Hollywood films, British documentaries, newspapers and mainstream US magazines, this book traces sensational female figures of Pakistan - all of whom have been subject to patriarchal violence - highlighting the imagery of exploitation and eroticism.

Violence against Women and Girls

Lessons from South Asia
World Bank
2014 184pp
9781464801716 Paperback
South Asia Development Forum
Documents the dynamics of violence against women in South Asia across the life cycle, from early childhood to old age. It explores the different types of violence that women may face throughout their lives, as well as the associated perpetrators, risk and protective factors for both victims and perpetrators, and interventions to address violence across all life cycle stages. The report also analyses the societal factors that drive the perpetrators to commit violence against women.
World Bank Group Publications

For more information on International Women’s Day and how you can get involved visit the official site here. You can also keep up with the hashtag #BeBoldForChange